Friday, July 12, 2013
Action Figure Time Machine 90s Edition: Dark Warrior Batman from Legends of Batman by Kenner
Last month during the Week of the Batman on Battlegrip, Philip Reed posted the list: "Ten Awesome Kenner Batman Action Figures of the Nineties." One of the figures that made his list was a figure from series 2 of Kenner's Legends of Batman line, Dark Warrior Batman. I'll be reviewing him today. It should be well established now that A.) I love Batman, and B.) I love crazy Elseworlds versions of Batman, so it seems logical to assume that I'll like this guy. What the heck is Dark Warrior Batman, anyways? Seeing the giant silver spiked shield and the black helmet, I initially assumed this was intended to be a medieval Batman of some sort. You know, like Batman as a knight or something. It turns out, this is actually a future version of Batman. Let's listen to the words from the card back, written down so long ago by a forgotten Kenner scribe: "Terror abounds on the ravaged landscape of tomorrow, where Dark Warrior Batman metes out justice in a barren and hopeless world. Hordes of destructive nomads scavenge what's left of a post-apocalyptic earth and it's up to one power- Dark Warrior Batman- to enforce the only form of law and order remaining for mankind. Will there be a day after tomorrow worth surviving for? Only if Dark Warrior Batman triumphs and retrieves civilization from the brink of extinction."
OK, let's take a break for a moment and think about what we read. Good grief, that bio was amazing. Seriously, if DC ever wants to make all the money in the world, they just need to start writing Batman stories based on that bio. Who wouldn't read that? It's Batman meets Mad Max. Imagine how freaking cool this guy's Batmobile must look. Well, I've decreed that the bio is Confirmed: Epic. Heck, it's better than both Batman Forever and Batman and Robin (although so was that case of food poisoning I had about three years ago). So is the figure any good? Read on after the break to find out. Civilization depends on it!
If you measure him in his standing pose, Dark Warrior Batman is five inches of mutant fighting fury. He's a little bigger than some other Batman figures from the early 90s, but he's also meaner than them, too! Hey, maybe he just got exposed to a little bit of radiation that made him grow? He'll fit in well with the rest of your Legends of Batman figures, as well as Kenner's Superman and Total Justice lines.
What does a dark, post-apocalyptic warrior wear? Apparently a body suit, a helmet that looks like the Batman cowl, spiked gauntlets, and two belts. Why two belts? Because two belts is the future. Wearing multiple belts was all the rage in the 90's (in comics, anyways), and we all know that's a trend just waiting to come back. The sculpting is really nice all around and features some really cool details. The serrated
greaves actually look like they're being worn over some standard boots, and feature some cool jagged blades on them. The bodysuit shows Batman's muscular body and features ripped sleeves. Is this battle damage? Did Batman just get hot wandering the wastelands all day? Who knows? Anyways, can anyone think of another Batman figure that has skin exposed anywhere other than on his face? Other than that battle-damaged DC Direct version of Batman, I can't, so perhaps this figure is some type of super rarity. On Batman's right leg is a holster with what looks like some type of knife in it. It's not removable, which is a shame, as it'd be a very cool feature. The helmet might be the coolest part, however, as it seems to be a cross between the typical Batman cowl and a motorcycle helmet. Since dudes running around in motorcycle helmets seems to be a standard trope of post-apocalyptic fiction, perhaps that's where the inspiration came from? Anyways, this is a very unique looking Batman figure.
Dang! We've reviewed a lot of Batman stuff! From Legends of Batman, I've reviewed Nightwing, Knightsend Batman, The Riddler, Viking Batman, and Samurai Batman. Other Batman toys we've reviewed have been: Batman from Young Justice Invasion, Arctic Shield Batman from Mattel's Batman line, Talia al Ghul from DC Collectibles' Arkham City, Planet-X Batman, The Dark Knight Returns Batman and Injustice Batman from Mattel's DC and Batman Unlimited lines, Laughing Gas Joker from Kenner's Legends of the Dark Knight, and the Dark Knight Rises Bane from Hot Toys. Click on the banner above and you can find many of these Batman figures (and others) at Big Bad Toy Store.
When Barbecue17 first laid eyes on Dark Warrior Batman he exclaimed: "I have that exact same outfit in my closet!" Is this story true? Find out on his Flickr page.